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Below is information about past and upcoming legislation relating to government transparency in Kansas.


HB 2189 introduced by Committee on Local Government, would permit state and local governments to effectively "hide" public notices online within official websites. The bill would also reduce the number of consecutive times certain public notices, such as the issuance of bonds, elections and delinquent taxes, would be required to be published in local newspapers. Instead of being published in the newspaper for two or three consecutive weeks, the bill would require a one-time publication 21 days prior to the event.[1]


See also: Kansas Open Records Act

In January 2009, the Kansas Senate gave first-round approval to SB 34[2][3] on a voice vote. SB 34 renews 30 exceptions to the Kansas Open Records Act. Don Moler, executive director of the League of Kansas Municipalities spoke in favor of the bill, saying, ""Every one of the exemptions that are in there are in there for a reason."[4]

2008 Legislation

  • Kansas Taxpayer Transparency Act (2008) re-passed 2007 legislation which set up the KanView website, displaying state expenditures and revenue.
  • KanView's database of state expenditures and revenue, created by the Secretary of Administration, describes expenditure information in great detail, including annual expenditures such as disbursements by state agencies from funds in the state treasury, salaries and wages including compensation paid to individual state employees, contractual services, capital outlay and commodities including amounts paid to individual vendors.

The Kansas Open Records Act

This link (dead link) is to the start of the statutes that cover the open records law in Kansas. Statute 45-216 states "It is declared to be the public policy of the state that public records shall be open for inspection by any person unless otherwise provided by this act, and this act shall be liberally construed and applied to promote such policy."

The Kansas Attorney General's office has a page about the Kansas Open Records Act and the Kansas Open Meetings Act.